Have you read the July issue of Good Reading magazine yet?
In this issue, Good Reading talks to David Mitchell about his phantasmagoric new novel 'Utopia Avenue' on the craziest British band you've never heard of. Louise Candlish shows her writing set up and what inspires her. Good Reading chats with Melissa Browne who shared the philosophy behind her new book 'Budgets Don't Work (But This Does)'. You can also read an extract from 'Lost Companions' by Jeffery Moussaieff Masson on the pain of losing a feathered or furry family member. Or from 'Drugs, Guns and Lies' by Keith Banks on his time as an undercover police officer. Also learn about Good Reading's July Book Club picks.
New releases featured include:
The Bluffs by Kyle Perry
When group of school girls go missing in the Great Western Tiers of remote Tasmania the whole town is on high alert. Not long ago six young girls also disappeared into the wilderness. When a teacher is found unconscious, proving foul play, the local dealer and father of one of the missing students becomes prime suspect. But with corrupt cops, local fame and small-town politics, it is never as straight forward as it might seem. What happened on the bluffs? Reserve your copy now.
Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
Utopia Avenue is the strangest British band you've never heard of. In 1967 they burst onto London's psychedelic music scene, playing their unique sound in Soho clubs, ballrooms and America. Their brief journey left behind only two albums but their legacy lives on. Utopia Avenue tells a tale of drugs, love, sexuality, grief and stardom. 'It seems to be a pattern that I'm drawn to impossible novels ... psychedelia in music was the ultimate rule disassembler. Ideas were planted that have grown into ideological shifts.'
This Excellent Machine by Stephen Orr
This Excellent Machine by tells the story of Clem Whelan, trapped in the suburbs in 1984 and trying to decide what to do with his life. Through his telescope he spies on his neighbours. His sister thinks it's perverted, his best friend Curtis becomes obsessed with sex and a man shows up claiming to be Clem's father. Whilst Clem's Pop, facing dementia, is determined to follow an old map in search of Lasseter's Reef. At the end of the year Clem emerges from the machine a different person, with a new understanding of love, life, family and neighbours. Reserve your copy now.
The Safe Place by Anna Downes
Emily is a mess and her life in London is falling apart. She has lost her job and apartment all in one day. Scott, a successful CEO, has an unsolvable problem. Until he meets Emily. Scott hires Emily as a housekeeper on his remote French estate. Nina, Scott's lovely wife and Aurelia, their young daughter, are enchanting, exuding charisma and sophistication. But Emily quickly discovers that there are dangerous secrets being hidden and a dream come true turns out to be a prison from which none of them will ever escape. Reserve your copy now.
The Silk House by Kayte Nunn
A gothic tale of a mysterious boarding house with centuries of old secrets. Thea Rust, an Australian history teacher, arrives at an exclusive boarding school and learns she is looking after the first intake of girls in its 150-year history. Rowan Caswell leaves her village to work for a silk merchant in the 1700s, but her talent for healing attracts attention. Mary-Louise Stephenson dreams of becoming a silk designer and brings a fabric with a deadly pattern to the silk house. The Silk House is a true gothic mystery. Reserve your copy now.
The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish
Jamie loves his commute to work by riverboat. No traffic, no tube tunnels and a view of the River Thames. And Jamie has met Kit, a hedonistic, young new friend. In fact Jamie just had his first 'water rats' Christmas drinks. Except the day after the drinks, Kit isn't there and Melia, his wife, has just reported him missing. Police say there are witnesses of Jamie and Kit fighting, of Jamie threatening him. Police claim there just might be a motive. The Other Passenger is another twisty thriller from bestselling author Louise Candlish. Reserve your copy now.
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